Modern health care is an ever-changing landscape. Future physicians must learn to deliver high quality, cost-effective care within health systems through health care integration. This concentration is based on health systems science, which emerged as the “third science” in medicine after basic and clinical sciences. With an emphasis on patient-centered care, it focuses on improving outcomes while reducing costs of health care for patients/populations in a community setting. Topics include value-based care, care integration/coordination, and health care policy/leadership examined through the lens of healthy aging. Students with interests in any specialty will benefit from this concentration. Research projects may include adoption of new technology, managing complex health issues, health care policy studies, or health system integration to improve health care delivery.
Concentration coursework can be completed online. The scholarly project work occurs in Fort Wayne or Indianapolis.
Curriculum and Timeline
Students completing this concentration complete the same core curriculum as students in other concentrations. The didactic components provide a strong academic and experiential foundation in public health, and an understanding of patient-centered care through the lens of healthy aging that students can further explore in the concentration project and product. The journal club provides a platform for students to have longitudinal discussions about concentration-related topics with a cohort of students and faculty.